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    Displacement and estate demolition: multi-scalar place attachment among relocated social housing residents in London

    Watt, Paul (2022) Displacement and estate demolition: multi-scalar place attachment among relocated social housing residents in London. Housing Studies 37 (9), pp. 1686-1710. ISSN 0267-3037.

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    The forced relocation—displacement—of social housing residents resulting from estate regeneration involving demolition has been the subject of considerable academic and policy debate. While some scholars and policy makers regard such displacement as having harmful outcomes in relation to loss of homes and community relations, others argue that residents benefit from relocation as they move to ‘better places’. This paper contributes to this debate, and to the wider ’post-displacement’ research agenda, by providing an experiential perspective on residential relocation with reference to in-depth interviews with social housing residents in London who returned to new-build flats at the redeveloped mixed-tenure estates. The paper employs a multi-scalar approach to place attachment which is illustrated and analysed at three spatial scales: domestic (home/dwelling), intermediate (block of flats) and neighbourhood (estate). The home scale is the most positive albeit not unequivocal aspect of residents’ post-displacement experiences, whereas place attachments at the block and neighbourhood scales are characterized by extensive and intensive disruptions and losses.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Displacement, gentrification, home, neighbourhood, place attachment, regeneration, social housing estates
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Paul Watt
    Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2021 10:17
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:08


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